After formally announcing all the new features in Android 4.4 KitKat, Google has revealed the Nexus 5. It’s the successor to the well-received Nexus 4, has high-end specs, and yet, is half the price of equally high-end competition. In this post, we’ll compare its specs against the incumbents: iPhone 5s, the Galaxy S4, HTC One, and Lumia 1020.
You’re probably familiar with the internal specifications of already-announced (and launched) phones, so I’ll stick to discussing the Nexus 5 in the descriptive part of this post.
With the Nexus 4, Google and LG basically sent shockwaves through the smartphone market. It may not have sold as well as the Galaxy S4 or the recently launched iPhone 5c / 5s, but it set a solid base for next-generation Nexus devices: high-end smartphones and tablets with good enough hardware design at half the price of the competition.
Starting at $349, the Nexus 5 is straight-up the most economical high-end smartphone in the market today. Its direct competitors – HTC One and Galaxy S4 – still start around the $600 mark for contract-free models.
Google didn’t cut any corners with the internal hardware specs of the Nexus 5. Highest-end quad-core CPU (Snapdragon 800)? Check. Full HD 1080p 4.95″ display with minimal bezel? Yep. High-resolution 8 MP camera with optical image stabilization? You betcha.
The only area where Google did save money is the body. From the photos and videos I’ve seen personally, it uses plastic in a manner similar to the Nexus 7, which isn’t bad per se, but it is less attractive than the aluminum used by HTC and Apple on their top-end phones.
I am going to stick to my iPhone 4s for now, and wait for next years’ phones before I upgrade. The 4s does everything I need, and does it admirably. Here’s a tip for 4s users: turn on ‘Increase Contrast’ and ‘Reduce Motion’ from Settings > General > Accessibility to enjoy iOS 6-like performance.
If, however, I was going to buy an Android smartphone now, I would’ve strongly considered the Nexus 5. High-end specs at mid-end prices? Sign me up!
That’s just my opinion, though. What are your thoughts on the matter? Is the Nexus 5 the Android smartphone to beat, or do you think the unique design of the HTC One or the considerably stronger camera of Lumia 1020 are worth the premium price tag? Join our poll and sound off in the comments section below.
Before you head over to the poll at the bottom, take a look at this head-to-head comparison of Nexus 5’s specs with its competitors.